Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Phils Beat Mets Again

The Phils made it 9 in a row over the Muts. The Phils didn't do much, but they did enough.

Jamie Moyer was unspectacular but solid. He worked around a tight strike zone, kept Mets hitters off-balance and notched his first quality start of the season.

A special thank you needs to go out to Willie Randolph. The Phils managed only 3 hits off of Ollie Perez through 5 2/3, but back to back walks was all Randolph needed to yank Ollie. The odds the Phils were going to get to Perez? Somewhere between slim and none. Definitely a lot less than the odds they would get to the Mets bullpen. Thanks for the help, Willie!

Chase Utley was hit 4 times yesterday: three times by Mets pitchers and once by Carlos Delgado when he was running the bases. I'm surprised Mr. Met didn't catch him with a rolled up t-shirt or a hot dog. Utley did escape injury.

However, Jimmy Rollins did not escape injury, as he was victim of one too many "look-backs" to second. On one, he jammed his left ankle into second base. He came out of the game in the eighth. I'm sure he'll be listed as "day-to-day." Cross your fingers...
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Closers
Brad Lidge was unavailable for the game yesterday. He'd thrown in each of the last two games, the first being a 6 run loss to the Reds. It didn't end up hurting the Phils, but it was the wrong decision to have him throw in that meaningless game in Cincy.
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Triple Crown
Burrell's TC aspirations took a hit with his 0-3 yesterday. Manuel didn't do him any favors either, pulling him after 7, then having his spot come up again in the eighth in a primo RBI situation.

In other triple crown news, Pedro Feliz is close to leading the league in lowest batting average, strikeouts and GIDP...

Corey

29 comments:

Rich Baxter said...

The fourth win of the season, nice!

libertyball said...

I actually like the decision to have Lidge's first appearance in a game where he didn't have any pressure on him to do well. He had struggled his last two years in Houston, and nobody was sure how his knee would hold up. It was just unfortunate that he was unable to go because of that. The rest of the bullpen shined though!

Shammgod said...

Phils are good, but theyre gonna need some luck. Pecota projects tied for second with braves with 86 wins

SirAlden said...

Good Game Victorino was Gary Maddox like out there and that is saying a lot.

Squonk64 said...

I think you meant to say "Jamie Moyer was TYPICALLY unspectacular but solid." Underwhemling is Moyer's forte, after all. It might leave you with that unhappy, bile filled pit in your stomach. But hey, for him, an 81 MPH "fastball" works.

Not a "hit" on Moyer. Just reality.

The good news is we are back to even--again--so we can start running down 'the heavies' in baseball, teams like the Marlins, Orioles, and Royals.

Oops. Yes. Keep repeating. IT'S EARLY IN THE SEASON. IT'S EARLY IN THE SEASON.

A friend from Ann Arbor, Michigan taught me that trick, recently, after watching a game at Comerica Park.

BloodStripes said...

.....and the dominance continues.

Good to see you guys getting a plug in the Hardball Times annual.

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- send me the link to that "plug".

I'm surprised Gordon has gone 5 straight appearances without surrendering a run now...keep it up and I may just call you Fl--h again, but not yet.

Vic was player of the game, without his defense the Phils would have lost. He made 3-4 spectacular plays, he was his own Web Gems hilight reel.

I know Babe Ruth used to have a courtesy runner, so is Grand Pappy Moyer allowed to use the cain?

BloodStripes said...

Its not on the website. Its in their 2008 Season preview book. I bought it from Amazon. It arrived the other day. For each team the writer selects a few "favorite team blogs". J Weitzel from Beerleaguer wrote the Phillies piece. He listed We Should Be GM's along with 4 other Phils blogs.

BloodStripes said...

By the way its a very good book. Useful for fantasy baseball as well. Well worth buying.

Bob D said...

If Utley is hit again today/will the Phanatic fly to NY and shed some Met blood? 3times?????

GM-Carson said...

Holy crappolla, WSBGM's is in a book? Kick butt!

GM-Carson said...

"I think all of us are tired of hearing that the Phils have our number," Mets closer Billy Wagner said. "The Phils don't have our number. We shoot ourselves in the foot every time we go out there. None of us are talking when the Phillies are coming to town that we're going to lose. We're a damn good team."

*Shut up you Rat Bastard!

libertyball said...

Utley said on the radio that he purposely didn't move out of the way. Which makes sense. It is an easy way to get on base, as long as he doesn't get hurt. On the third time, I actually saw him step towards the plate with his left foot as the pitch was coming at him.

GM-Carson said...

Utley rocks out with his rooster out! He's a gamer, meaning he'll do anything to make a play or score a run, that's what I love about him.

GM-Carson said...

Jimmy sitting the game out.

Kendrick wild as hell- 3 walks in the 1st inning. Gave up a run because of yet another error (3rd of the season by Utley). I hate bad defense!

GM-Carson said...

Kyle Kendrick last year = lucky good.

Kyle Kendrick this year = very hittable bad.

6 walks tonight already, things look ugly.

GM-Carson said...

Hip-hip-hooray, another friggin' error. This team sucks defensively, there's really no reason for playing this poorly.

GM-Carson said...

As I typed that, Bruntlett just made another error. 3 errors in the game now, and that would have been a double play with the bases loaded...this is why I hate this team sometimes.

Bob D said...

Another 2 'E's' - this time by Carlos and Bruntlet.

Kendrick in a jam with the bases load and down by 2 runs, after there should be 3 outs and only 1 run.

I hate bad fielding too.

Bob D said...

Now make that down by 4 Uhg!

GM-Carson said...

This game may only be in the 3rd inning but it's over. The Phils look like shit tonight.

Bob D said...

Great line: 2.1 In, 5 Runs, only 1 earned run, however 6 Walks.

GM-Carson said...

I hate losing, but I hate losing even more when it's due to stupid ugly baseball.

GM-Carson said...

Fucking bruntlett just missed another ball, I can't believe this, it's so sad.

GM-Carson said...

4 errors and 6 walks in the game so far and it's only the 3rd inning...awesome!

GM-Carson said...

Now a wild pitch to score a run.

7 walks, 4 errors, 1 wild pitch...when it rains, it pours.

GM-Carson said...

Screw this game, I'm watching the elimination on Idol.

BloodStripes said...

Thats one to forget.

GM-Carson said...

I wish I could forget it, but it just eats ate me.